June’s hot and popping hits

Stand out tracks in the Erongo region

01 July 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Yessonia; Singer; “Every child has a story.”

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Several musicians from the Erongo region have released captivating music this past month. Erongo24/7 reviewed the latest offerings and discovered that Yessonia, ESB, Bella, Samcee, Yung Kavin and DJ Zuma all kept adding value to the music industry.

Yessonia

Yessonia is quickly becoming a household name. The musician, real name Sonia Shalukeni, has been trending on the Official Base FM Top 10. Hailing from Swakopmund, the singer who completed high school at Westside, saw her latest single “Runaway Child” reaching number one on the countdown.

In the reggae song, Yessonia proves that she is much more than just a pretty face, thanks to outstanding vocal capabilities. Everything about the song screams “hit”. The instruments are brilliantly arranged; the production quality is amazing; and it is obvious that Yessonia is putting in a lot of effort and resources to not compromise the quality of her sound.

In the song she tackles social issues and converses with people who are dealing with different issues including rejection, gender-based violence, stigma surrounding HIV positive status, and poverty.

“‘Runaway child’ features three relatable stories. Every child has a story,” she said on her Instagram account.

Yessonia urges children not to run away. She tells them that they are loved and cared for. It is a song to put on repeat. Rating: 4.5/5


ESB

Walvis Bay-based producing sensation Eduardo Riobo, better known as ESB, is renowned for his top notch production quality. No wonder then that top artists like Monique English and Lioness, who keep making waves in the industry, choose to work with him.

His latest track, “Timeless”, features his close friend Space (Rivaldo van der Heever) and Gemini. It is really an awesome piece of music. The beat is unique and catchy. It is easy to listen to from the intro to the chorus. This is what a hip hop collaboration should sound like. It is a solid hit and one cannot resist to play it repeatedly … loudly! Rating: 4/5

Bella Lusse

Henties Bay songbird Bella Lusse is known for her versatility. She performs Afrikaans country and pop music. She is currently taking part in Radio Kokomo’s online competition.

In the poll, her latest song “Alles in my Lewe”, is in the leading position along with two other Afrikaans songs. Bella is the only Namibian in the competition.

“Alles in my Lewe” is a love song in which Bella sings about how she cannot live without the man she loves and how everything in her life revolves around him.

The singer clearly shows that she is no rooky in the industry and her latest offering is a collector’s item for Afrikaans music lovers. Rating: 3.75/5

Samcee

Swakopmund-based artist Samson Chivi (AKA Samcee) recently released his latest gospel single, “We need Your mercy”.
The song carries a positive message, with Samcee crying out for divine intervention on behalf of everyone who is faced with life challenges.

The afro-pop singer, who is originally from Zimbabwe, compliments the song’s beat with his dynamic voice. There is definitely a bright future for this worshipper with a passion to spread the Good News through his musical ability. Rating: 3.5/5

Yung Kavin

After many years of perseverance, Paulus “Yung Kavin” Kavindji landed his biggest international collaboration by working with French musician Zonko on a track titled “Never give up”.

The vibrant bass voices of both artists add personality to the song, with Yung Kavin singing in English while Zonko adds French lyrics to enrich the song.

The song also carries a positive message, encouraging people to keep their heads up and focus on their future, no matter what difficulties they are going through. Rating: 3.5/5

DJ Zuma

The amapiano music genre has infiltrated Namibia from South Africa and coastal musicians are also riding this wave. One such artist is DJ Zuma from Swakopmund, who recently released his track, “Ti Xuna”.

“Ti Xuna” is a Damara/Nama phrase which means “My Things”.

The song’s beat is out of this world, so too the chorus. Even though it is a dance track that doesn’t need many lyrics, I think a bit more could have been done in terms of lyrical content.

DJ Zuma’s voice is worth listening to even though amapiano is known for repetitive lyrics. Perhaps a bit more creativity could have turned this good song into a great song. Rating: 3/5

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